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Publisher's Summary

This blazingly original novel from the most exciting new voice in crime fiction today is a brilliantly crafted modern noir filled with secrets, heartbreak, and mordant humor. Gloria Mendez is single and 36, and secretly and somewhat hopelessly in love with her oblivious boss. He is both single and solitary, and far too old for her, but she has worked for him, side by side, for 10 oddly companionable years. But when he disappears on his annual trip to Mexico, the one aspect of his life to which she's never been privy, Gloria's sudden and impulsive search for him reveals the wreckage of a hidden past. Carl Perreira was not who Gloria thought he was, nor was he anything she could have imagined. As Gloria travels this twisted road into Carl's backstory, she realizes she might not have known him at all. Her investigation discloses as much about her own life as it does about her mysterious boss, and leaves her fighting for her life. Sunstroke is everything a thriller should be: circuitous, thought-provoking, and brimming with edge-of-the-seat suspense, and the start of a brilliant career.
©2006 Jesse Kellerman; (P)2006 Penguin Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Many readers will enjoy the intrepid Gloria and her puzzle." (Publishers Weekly)
"There's plenty of heat here to justify the buzz." (Booklist)
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By Pamela Harvey on 03-31-06

Snail's pace but good!

I loved this book. Loved its quirkiness, irreverent humor, the prologed suspense and the meticulously detailed descriptions. I think it is truly original. And I loved the timing. Like working my way through the squash casserole in anticipation of the key lime pie, I waded slowly but joyfully through each paragraph. I couldn't put it down.

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By Regina on 02-25-14

Original voice, well-told tale

Jesse Kellerman is a better writer than his dad (Jonathan,) but doesn't have his dad's gift for fast-pacing. He's as good a writer as his mom (Faye), maybe better, and certainly with a wider lens and fresher outlook.

I really liked this story, which is a mystery that I couldn't guess my way through. It constantly surprised me. The characters are deep, and the diverse cultural understandings rich. I love the main character, a woman with a blighted life who keeps on keeping on. Everyone around her also well realized.

Really good narrator.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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